12.20.2013

 

As we gear up for the holidays, we ultimately start thinking of what to get people. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, are one of those people who have a hard time making a holiday gift list or you’re doing some holiday shopping for the businessperson who seems to have it all, there are many new gadgets available. The following is a list of tech gadgets gift ideas I recommend for you or any other businessperson on the go.

Toddy Gear: Pocket Toddy

Marketed as your “on-the-go SmartCloth,” this travel-sized tech cloth is engineered to clean glasses, camera lenses, smartphones, laptop screens and other sensitive devices. Made from 100% microfiber, each cloth has both a plush side to clean and silky side to polish your gadgets. It folds into a neat pocket-like package with an elastic band that attaches easily to any key chain, purse, or backpack. Each one is $9.99.

  • Easy Care: It says you can machine wash it and dry it, but I just wash mine by hand and hang it on something to air dry.
  • Style Choices: If you need stylish ways to clean your glasses or screens, this is it.
12.20.2013

 

Best gifts under $20- The Wedge

This is like a beanbag chair for your phone! Phone stand, $14.99; toddygear.com.

12.20.2013

 

1. Bluelounge Sanctuary4: Odds are the recipient has more than one device that needs to be charged, so give them a nicely organised way to get this done. $99.95

2. FiftyThree Pencil: Thanks to its easy setup, Pencil is a great choice for a first stylus for those that love the iPad app Paper. Walnut $59.95, Graphite $49.95

3. Supermechanical Twine: An excellent idea for the technology loving homeowner, Twine will let you monitor temperature, vibration, and orientation, and has a variety of ways to let you know the status. For those so inclined, you can also build on Twine with a cloud shield and breakout board for even more DIY monitoring fun.Twine Basic $124.95

4. Toddy Gear Toddy Cloth: For those that use their touchscreen devices frequently, these double-sided cleaning cloths are so handy. $9.99

5. Quirky Pivot Power: A must for the many device household. The clever design of Pivot Power makes it ideal for being able to plug everything in, even the devices that have space hogging plugs. $29.99 

6. Mophie Powerstation: One thing the tech lover can pretty much never have enough of is battery life, so the gift of a portable way to quickly charge their mobile devices is quite useful. $79.95

7. Kero Apple Lightning Nomad Cable: This 3" cable has an Apple lightning connection on one end and USB on the other. Gift recipient has Android? No problem, they make a micro USB version as well. Lightning, $24.99, Micro USB $14.99

8. SparkFun Inventor's Kit: A fantastic way to get the technology lover in your life started on making their own tech, this kit includes sensors as well as an Arduino board. $89.95

9. Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition: After experimenting with several styli, this was an all around favorite and would make a very lovely gift. $74.95

10. LaCie Petite Key: While cloud storage is most likely something your tech enthusiast uses, an ultraportable USB drive is still useful, and one that looks this slick is surely to be doubly appreciated. 16GB $19.99, 32GB $39.99

12.20.2013

 

Every year I like to pull together a collection of new or interesting gadgets and small appliances that might make a fun gift for the foodie who likes to cook.  This year’s items range from the very small, rather inexpensive items to relatively large and a bit more pricey.  But, each brings a little extra that makes the food preparation process either easier, faster, more convenient or more efficient.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Kitchen-Gadgets-Can-Make-Great-Holiday-Gifts-235515561.html#ixzz2o2C0xGh6

Toddy Wedge

If you use your mobile device to check out recipes in the kitchen, then this little gadget is a great assistant.  The Toddy Wedge is a hand-crafted stylish and essential companion for the kitchen that allows you to conveniently prop your smartphone or tablet to easily display your recipes while cooking. Available in a plethora of different colors and designs to match your kitchen’s décor, the Toddy Wedge also doubles as a cleaning tool for any spills.  The bottom exterior is crafted with plush microfiber material to offer scratch-free cleaning without the need of harmful fluids.  

Available: toddygear.com, bestbuy, and Target
Price: $14.99
Website: www.toddygear.com

 

12.20.2013

 

I cannot believe the holidays are already here! Time flies. I love this time of year… spending time with the family, overeating, and of course GIFTS. While it’s fun to receive them, my favorite part is to give them (I’ve been told I am a great gift giver!). I’ve put together a list of items that could make great prezzies for someone on your list. They’re all affordable and better yet– stylish! So click on the first picture, and go through the slideshow. Let me know which presents stood out to you in particular.

12.20.2013

 

Let me first start off by saying I love my devices. I use both iOS and Android and I love them both. I use them for work and I use them for fun. But there is one other aspect I go crazy for, the accessories. The best accessory in my opinion is the one that can be used on multiple devices and does not cost an arm and a leg.

This is the time of year when I put my Christmas list together and hope to find goodies in my stocking on Dec. 25. As I am typing this up, I’m pretty sure there are a whole bunch of us out there that are hoping for the same thing. So if you are looking for an item for your list or want to get a great gift for someone, I’m here to remind you about the folks at Toddy Gear.

Toddy Gear offers some cool, and fun, products to help keep your screens clean. I’m not going to do a full review on them, as I have done a couple in the past. The most recent one can be found here. As you go through their website, you will see their functional  accessories, that every device owner should have. I have been using their smart cloth since the first day it came out and it’s still going strong.

An all-in-one stand and cleaning system. Have a case on? No big deal. Just rest your device on the Wedge and you have an instant stand for your iPhone or iPad. Is your screen dirty? Use one side of the Wedge to clean it, and then polish your screen with the other silky side of the stand. 

This limited-edition holiday design is perfect for keeping you iDevice clean on the go. the Toddy folds up into a little attached pocket and comes with an elastic loop that attaches to any backpack, purse, or bag.

This 5x7 cloth is perfect for cleaning dirt, dust and smudges from iPhones, iPads, iPods, Androids, tablets, eyeglasses, or camera lenses and comes in a fun array of seasonal prints.

This 5x7 cloth is perfect for cleaning dirt, dust and smudges from iPhones, iPads, iPods, Androids, tablets, eyeglasses, or camera lenses and comes in a fun array of seasonal prints.

12.20.2013

 

Every year around Thanksgiving (except this one), my mother has a familiar question for me: "What do you want for Christmas"?

And I'm stuck. I'm a terrible person to shop for because I'm a city dweller who often views tchotchkies and doodads as nothing more than a hassle to find storage for in my small living space!

But I do light up when given a gift that helps me enjoy one of my hobbies even more ... and increasingly, that's spending time online!

Cute microfiber cloths.

Why it's a great gift: A good screen-cleaning cloth helps keep your fingerprints in check and germs from getting out of control on your techie's favorite toys! Look for one in a stylish fabric, such as this Toddy Cloth (in Tartan, $9.99), which also features a soft side for cleaning and a shiny side for polishing your tablet's screen. You can use these cloths to clean non-electronic surfaces too, such as eyeglasses and camera lenses.

Find it at: ToddyGear.com.

07.05.2013

The new $10 Screensters are plush toys that double as microfiber screen cleaners for your iPhone and iPad. The company offers 10 different character choices—think of each Screenster as a doll that will soon be covered in dirt, dead skin, and fingerprint oils!

[Editor’s note: We’ve had a chance to test a Screenster, and despite our skepticism based on the product’s appearance, it was surprisingly good at cleaning iOS screens with minimal effort.]

06.25.2013

Toddy Gear offers a functional and fashionable line of premium microfiber products carefully crafted for effective, scratch-free cleaning of extremely sensitive surfaces. Toddy products are perfect for mobile devices and portable electronics, such as tablets, smart phones, laptops, flat screens, computer monitors, cameras, sunglasses, eye glasses, GPS and anything that needs its screen cleaned!

Popping the box open I was greeted with a bunch of goodies from Toddy Gear such as their character wipe which was Biblio, The Wedge dock stand and cleaning device, a 5×7 cloth, and last but not least another 5×7 Apple design looking cloth.

The Wedge dock is like a little couch for your iPhone.  You can charge it in landscape but not horizontal unless you put it upside down.

The bottom of the Wedge dock has a nice soft fiber cloth so you always have a way to clean off your device.

The character Biblio is a cute quirky character which you have many to choose from.  The top has a small ribbon for you hang it on something when not in use and on the back you have a soft fiber cloth to clean your devices.

The 5×7 fiber clothes are really handy to have around.  You can take them anywhere you go and put them almost anywhere you want. They are soft and excellent at cleaning devices.

These are awesome to have around, put one in every room, put one in your purse or pocket; have it in your back pack or anywhere you please. It’s excellent and very stylish because of all the color and design patterns to choose from and I think that Toddy Gear did an excellent job  in making these, they will make great gifts for yourself or others!

MSRP: $9.99 and up

PROS: Unique designs, Soft material, Cleans everything.

CONS: None.

06.25.2013

 

Keeping your devices clean has never been more fun!

Toddy Gear has just created a cute new way to keep all of your electronic devices super fresh! These little buddies are called Screensters and come in ten collectable characters ranging anywhere from the fashionable "Sylista" to the vide -game fanatic "Gameawn." Being only four inches long, they're perfect for attaching to your backpack or hanging in your locker.

Screensters are double sided. One side made of microfiber that is perfect for cleaning away any dirt and oil, while the other side is made from a silky soft fabric that is great for polishing your devices.

Make sure to pick up a Screenster for yourself! They are available for $9.99 at Toddy Gear, Amazon, Books-A-Million and other select retailers!

06.25.2013

First previewed at CES 2013, Toddy Gear is now shipping Screensters – character-inspired microfiber cleaning cloths. With 10 different collectible characters to choose from, each cloth measures around 4 inches and can fit in a pocket or attach to a bag. Microfiber adorns both sides of the characters, making it easy to wipe dirt and grime from your iOS device’s screen.

Screensters are available at many retailers including Toddy Gear, Amazon, and Books-A-Million. Each cloth is $9.99.

06.24.2013

 

Kids love touch screens. Any parent of a young child with an Android or iOS device likely has a folder of apps for their kids, and is constantly being asked by their children to play with their devices. However, kids will be kids, and they love to get dirty. And in many cases these messy hands make their way to our glass touch screens, leaving them full of dirt, grime, or today’s lunch. Teaching Generation i to take care of touch screens is something modern parents will be faced with if they haven’t been already.

Making it fun for children to keep your screen clean presents a challenge when most cleaning accessories are dull or boring to kids, or contain chemicals parents aren’t exactly comfortable having their kids handling. As a father of a four year old daughter who loves “Daddy’s toys” – my iPad Mini, Nexus 7, or iPhone 5, just as long as it has a touch screen it doesn’t matter – I am one of many parents attempting to teach their kids good touch screen manners.

When Toddy Gear sent me their latest cleaning accessory, the Screenster, to review I immediately thought perhaps I could make a breakthrough in my early life lesson to my daughter of tech etiquette. The Screensters come in the form of playful characters (my daughter immediately had to name it) that have a plush microfiber cleaning surface on their backside for touch screen devices. The front side is also a silky microfiber designed more for buffing and polishing. Your little Screenster also comes with a plastic clip that can be easily attached to a book bag, clothing, or in my daughter’s case, her “pretty purse”.

Toddy Gears Screensters definitely do the trick when cleaning little fingerprints off touch screens. The microfiber on the backside glides smoothly over the glass, and wiped away all the dirt, grime, and fingerprints after use. Using the Screensters, it’s easy to make fun out of cleaning for little ones (now if they could only make something that made cleaning the rest of the house fun). Another nice feature is that the Screensters are washing machine safe, meaning you’ll be able to reuse the product time and again.

Overall, Toddy Gear’s Screensters offer a great solution for parents looking for a fun yet practical little toy for their toddler or young child who loves playing with your smartphone or tablet. At $9.99, they are definitely an affordable investment for parents, and are a great way to teach kids proper tech etiquette with touch screen devices. Interested parents can check out Toddy Gear’s site for more information.

Screensters

Dad Says: Screensters are little plush dolls that are made of two textures of micro-fiber for cleaning the screens of your phone, tablet, laptop or handheld video games.  Needless to say, these aren’t aimed at Dads, pbut kids and tweens, with the elastic loop that would make it easily attachable to backpack.  I removed my phone from the Otterbox (which eliminates the need to ever clean the screen), and gave it a wipe down with the plush side, than another wipe with the smooth side for polishing.  Yes, it gave it a nice sheen and a nice feel to the touch, but not to the point where an adult would carry around a little doll bigger than the actual phone, or something that looks like this to wipe down an iPad.  It is also nice that you can throw it in the washing machine and it will still work.

Kid Says: I don’t like the nerdy guy we got, but I would put one of the girls on my book bag to clean my DS.  It’s cute.

06.24.2013

 

Toddy Gear, creator of the stylish Toddy Smart Cloth, is thrilled to announce that the Screensters, its latest collection of premium microfiber cleaning solutions for touchscreens and sensitive surfaces, is now shipping and available for purchase nationwide. Inspired by the characters you encounter in everyday life and catering to children and adults alike, Screensters bring a hint of flair and personality to your mobile devices, while keeping your gadgets pristine. Screensters are now available for $9.99 at www.toddygear.com, Amazon, Books-A-Million and other select retailers.

Screensters come in 10 collectible characters, each with a unique personality reflecting your own sense of style. Designs include the trendsetting “Stylista” or the gaming-enthusiast “Gameawn.” Measuring approximately 4 inches, they fit comfortably in your pocket or attach to your bag or backpack. Toddy’s premium quality Screensters are an ideal companion for your smart phone, MP3 player, e-reader, tablet, gaming device, and other sensitive electronics and lenses.

These double-sided cuties have plush microfiber for cleaning away dirt and oil, and a silky soft character side for polishing your device, screens or lens for an “out-of-the-box” clean. All Toddy Screensters are machine-washable and come pre-treated with an antimicrobial coating, protecting your doll against mold and mildew between launderings.

“We are confident that the new charismatic line of Screensters will please anyone whose accessories reflect their unique sense of personality,” said Toddy Gear founder, Todd Gabel. “Our line of Screensters represents our dedication to designing innovative cleaning solutions that are as stylish as they are functional.”

Toddy Gear Screensters features include:

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06.24.2013

 

Many of the bloggers here at TUAW have young kids who have a tendency to smear all sorts of unmentionably bad things onto the screens of iPhones and iPads. Then there are those older kids (ahem...) who can't put away our iPads when we're eating a meal. Never fear, Toddy Gear Screensters(US$9.99) are here to rescue your screens from fingerprints and other glop on your device screens!

Toddy Gear has been making some amazingly good screen cleaning cloths for quite some time. They're different from most of the other cloths on the market, using the tried-and-true microfiber cloth on one side, but adding a silk-like material on the other for polishing up the surface of your device. I've never needed to use a cleaning spray with a Toddy Gear cloth.

Screensters, however, aren't cloths. Instead, they're whimsical little plush characters with arms and legs designed to hang from a backpack or bag strap so that they can be used to wipe up messes in a second. If they get a little too gross after cleaning a few iPad screens, just toss 'em into the wash and they're ready to get back to work again.

There are 10 different Screensters available, from the nerdy Biblio to 70s drop-out Harmonia. They're designed from kids from 3 to 93, so don't feel left out if you're old enough to drive but still think Screensters are fun.

06.24.2013

We are connected more than ever now  days. With the increased connectivity, we have more and more screens at our disposal. Nothing is worse than having a dirty, smudged, fingerprint covered screen. There are so many different spray’s and wipes out there to keep your screen clean how do you know what to choose? Let us help a little bit with a review of the Toddy Gear Smart Cloth.

Toddy Gear offers their Smart Cloth screen cleaning cloths in both 5″ x 7″ and 9″ x 9″ depending on what you may be using your cloth to clean. The 5X7 is perfect for taking with you when you are out and does a great job of cleaning your screen.

The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth is a double-sided screen cleaning cloth that works for not only your SmartPhones, and MP3 Players but also your computer screens and HDTV’s.

The Toddy Cloth has a 100% Microfiber to effectively remove dirt and fingerprints from the surface of your device or screen without leaving any marks.  Once you have the screen cleaned with the Microfiber side of the cloth, you can flip it over and use the soft side to polish your screen.

As you can see from the above picture with the before and after shot, one wipe  all the grime was removed from my iPhone 5 screen.

The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth works very well at cleaning your screen with no cleaning solution and without leaving scratches.

The 5×7 Toddy Cloth is available for $9.99 and are available in multiple designs and colors. The 9×9 Smart Cloth  is $14.99 and is also available in multiple prints.

Also, if you are looking at screen cleaning cloths, check and see if the ones you are looking at are made in America. If not, go buy a Toddy Cloth as they are made in Chicago.

06.24.2013

A small company by the name of Toddy Gear out of Chicago has turned over a new leaf in the drab and boring world of screen hygiene. Once a lonely plane full of random cloths from glasses cleaning kits or scraps labeled as “bonuses” boxed in with your 60” TV, the company looked to expand the field by offering “a cleaning cloth in a variety of fashion-forward prints, redefining how people care for their electronics.” Somehow both the cloth for cleaning your LCD screens, and the stand for your mobile accessories have been curiously mashed together into one affordable, functional microfiber apparatus with a designer look in The Wedge. However, does that make it evolutionary? Or just a gimmick?

When you first look at the Wedge it is hard not to let the question, “That’s it?” spill out of your mouth. It is a pretty accurate statement to make. There really isn’t a whole lot to the Wedge. It is the shape of what is called a Dorito bunker in paintball, or a sort of rounded pyramid, with the addition of an extra flap attached to one side. It is covered with a slick microfiber cloth printed with a number of different designs on the three visible sides for polishing your device’s screen. The final side is made of a plush microfiber to be used in cleaning screens. It comes in at only 54.29 grams mostly due to its PVC plastic pellet filling, with maximum dimensions of 122.15mm x 101.61mm x 88.82mm. Your brain might start turning at this point wondering why this little bean bag item costs $15. Well, let me explain to you why.

Think about all of the things that you’ve used to clean off your phone, the times you wiped your glasses on your pants, and the film left on your monitor whenever you tried to use a commercial cleaner. Now think of the amount of money that you’ve spent on glass cleaner, anti-static wipes, paper towels, those stupid yellow microfiber rags from Costco, and Swiffers. Did any of those things actually work well? How many of them were reusable? How much dust, grease, streaks, and tiny yellow fibers did those things leave behind? That’s where the Wedge has the edge. With two different types of microfiber (which is a polyester/nylon blend), its sole job is to do cleaning well. No liquids are needed. No more springing for some sort of “specialized” cleaning products. Grab the Wedge and have all you need in your hand. It even has an antimicrobial coating on the fabric.

On top of its antimicrobial coating, the Wedge is also machine washable.* I actually tossed the Wedge into a warm wash with a few other common cleaning cloths or items that may otherwise be sitting on a desk; a T-shirt, a slick microfiber cloth, a plush microfiber cloth, a scrap piece of fleece, a polyester/spandex glove, and a mouse pad. Nothing seemed to appear frayed or coming apart on the Wedge unlike the slick cloth (some split edges and curling), the plush (some plucked fibers and curling), or the mouse pad (some fabric edges separated from rubber base). After leaving everything in the washer overnight to see how they fared air drying, I was surprised to see that the Wedge didn’t retain much water. Even after the spin cycle it was pretty dry (as was everything minus the mouse pad and T-shirt). Still since it wasn’t completely dry, I reluctantly threw everything in the dryer (with the exception of the mouse pad) on a high cotton heat for 20 minutes. Surprisingly the Wedge came through fine! No pellets fused together and the fabric still retained the feeling it had prior to being ran through the wash.

With that in mind, the Wedge is actually pretty well stitched together. All of the fabric layers are doubled, in a way that they are folded over each other to produce the curved edges that are then stitched together as walls. It creates a more durable scrubbing or wiping surface that can handle more abrasive surfaces than standard cloth. The stitching is well done, in what appears to be somewhere between a 2 or 3 length stitch (according to my Babylock). It does suffer from some wandering that was noticeable mostly along the retaining flap though. Due to the short stitch length, and seemingly strong thread selection, the stitches hold really well on the Wedge. It was tossed around my household numerous times, given to my rabbits to play with and chew on, thrown for my dog to retrieve, thrown against the wall, and attempted to juggle with. It was surprising how it held up given all the impacts and teeth that had been dug into it. The retaining lip offers a foam core (not unlike the foam to wrap pipes) to hold your devices in. It is both sturdy and resistant to soaking in liquid.

Toddy is constantly offering different cloth designs too. It is interesting to look through them as the cloth patterns for the Wedge can go from tame to vivid. Patterns range from seasonal inspirations, national pride, skin recreations, technology prints, nature cues, and all sorts of stripes and symbols. The pattern they sent for review is what they call the “Nomad.” To me it looks like the feathering of brush strokes in Photoshop. It is neat that they have blown up the pixel look in order to see the different levels of opacity and blending that would be created as if simulating a digital brush stroke. If you want to brand a Wedge for promotional purpose, Toddy will do that too. If you don’t care too much what your Wedge would look like, they offer a clearance section that still keeps the Wedge at $14.99, but adds a two for one promotion.

During cleaning the Wedge does a fantastic job in as little as two steps. To remove the bulk of the grime from your device, use the plush side and some effort to wipe away and soak up the gunk. Then switch sides to a smooth side of the Wedge to polish the screen. It is pretty easy. They even call it being “Toddy’d.” General dirt, oil smudges, fingerprints, make-up, sweat, and hair are wiped away with ease. There are some more troublesome things, like dried on food or liquids. Since the Wedge is only cloth, it isn’t made to clean up in some of these situations. It will soak up soda in a pinch (yes, I tried it), but it isn’t made to be used as a mop. Small dots of liquid here or there won’t hurt it, but eventually you’ll have to wash it. Obviously the Wedge isn’t all encompassing. However, if you catch some of these situations quicker with the Wedge handy you wouldn’t need to worry about it. I find that dotting the spot with a small drop of water and then using the Wedge’s plush cloth generally helps the problem.

If there was one thing the Wedge could do better though it would have to be holding devices. It does a great job working as a stand for whatever smartphone you might have. The trouble is when it comes to tablets. I couldn’t get a Kindle Fire HD, iPad 2, or first generation Nook to stand up very well. This is of course due to the compact triangle design. The Wedge would need to be taller and wider to be able to accommodate these devices. Set these devices on their side and the Wedge works just fine. I could get the Nook to stand straight with a little bit of shifting it around, and the iPad 2 required some balancing when horizontal, but it did work. I shouldn’t have to work to get them to sit on a stand though. The retaining lip does a good job of holding devices in, but some cases can start to overwhelm it if thick enough. It also covers the speaker on an iPhone when it is standing to where you almost can’t hear it.

So there you have it. A little thought and design with a dash of flair can do wonders for keeping your devices clean. While I must admit I didn’t think that the Wedge was going to amount to much, I’m glad that it did. Toddy has a great thing going with their Smart Cloths and the Wedge. Who knew that such a simple concept could combat an everyday problem with style? A $15 dollar price point isn’t much to squawk at considering how well the Wedge cleans screens and the fact that it is machine washable. I wholeheartedly recommend that you pick one up. The only problem you’re left with is figuring out which look complements you the best.

06.24.2013

 

Today Toddy Gear, the company that featured their wedge device stand last holiday season, is launching their latest innovation: theScreenster, a microfiber doll that’s silky on one side, plush on the other, a electronic device screen cleaner.

At 4″ in height, it’s the perfect size to fit in your hand and swipe across all your device screens to keep everything nice and clean. The loop on the top makes it easy to attach to backpacks and hang from organizing hooks for easy access.

Screensters come in a variety of styles, in both genders, with every clique and genre covered, apparently. But such a variety might make them collectible for the kids. They’ve been rated as safe for ages 3+. Screensters retail for $9.99 and are available at Toddy Gear’s online store and other electronics accessories retailers such as Amazon.

06.24.2013

 

If you want to increase the visibility of your product or business, consider branding a product that people will need to use every day with your product name and logo.  Toddy Gear can custom brand their microfiber cleaning cloths with your company information, so your customers will think of you every time they clean their phone screen or eyeglasses.  The design team will work with you to ensure that your logo is visible when the Pocket Toddy‘s 5″ X 7″ cloth is opened or when it’s folded away into the storage pocket.  The Pocket can even be attached to a bag zipper or strap, so your brand is visible to everyone the customer comes into contact with.  The Pocket Toddy is available now; pricing starts at $7.00 (C) per cloth with a 250 item order.  Contact Toddy Gear and get started designing your promotional Pocket Toddy.

 

06.24.2013

 

A clean screen is something a lot of people neglect some times, yours truly included. As a Galaxy Note 2 owner, I am still afraid of applying a screen protector, as it may hinder S-Pen functionality. To that end, I always carry a screen cleaner with me. It is gray, and plain-looking. As I stated before, being unique is becoming more important in this technology age, but who thinks of having different screen cleaners? Toddy Gear does, so they sent us one of their Screensters screen cleaners to try out. Does it do as intended or is it just a cute toy to carry around? Let’s find out.

Toddy Gear Screensters are cute, tiny screen cleaners in the shape of small dolls. There are twelve models currently available, in varying styles, from the football player Gunnar, to the hipster looking Texterella. They are a little over 3 inches tall, about 1.5 inches wide, and very easy to carry with you. The screensters are a double-sided solution: the plush side cleans, the silky side polishes them. We were curious as to how the Screenster worked on several different screens. Since we had it for a while, we decided to test it thoroughly. So, here is how it came out:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Let’s start with my daily driver. I carry my Note 2 in my pants pockets while at work, and a belt clip when I’m not. Needless to say, it gets a lot of action, and it floats around a sometimes lint-lined pocket from time to time. When using the screenster to clean it, I found that using the plush side to clean, then using the silky side to polish got the best results. Once it’s cleaned, it looks as nice as using a regular screen wipe, but once it’s polished, it brings back that shine like it’s a new screen again. I found myself using the two-step cleaning process very often throughout the day just to keep the screen looking so good. This way, I don’t have to bother with a screen protector. The Screenster stayed in my desk every time I was at work. My boss thought it was a good luck charm…little does he know.

Wii U Gamepad

So far, I haven’t really seen many screen protectors for the Wii U Gamepad. This item, like the Nintendo DS before, gets lots of use, sometimes to the point of looking abrasive for the screen. We put this to the test by playing Scribblenauts Unlimited for a few hours. The screen looked a bit smudged, no scratches(yes!), but definitely not as clear as when we started. We put the two-step process to the test again here, and it definitely looked good. We did notice however that polishing the screen didn’t have as noticeable an effect as on the Note 2. Usually just cleaning the screen gives it a good enough look, but wear and age on the Wii U Gamepad screen is a lot more apparent than on the Note 2. We believe it is due to the lower resolution and technologically older screen on the Gamepad. It simply isn’t as good a screen as the Note 2 and most smartphones. Still, cleaning it consistently makes it look good.

Acer Iconia A500 Tablet

The Iconia A500 isn’t exactly new, but it is different use than the Note 2. I use my Iconia around the house and when I travel. I haven’t really travelled since CES though, so I’ve just used it to read or surf the web in bed, so the only thing that gets on the screen is my fingers, nothing else. The two-step process has a really good effect on the screen. I had forgotten how good the screen on this guy looks! It isn’t 1080P, but it’s good enough for Netflix and basic work. On the Iconia, I noticed that most of the time, just polishing the screen is good enough. This is more than likely due to the fact that it gets limited exposure to the elements, and the use on it isn’t anywhere near as extreme as on the Wii U Gamepad’s screen. Thankfully, while I’m at home, the Screenster is close by to clean either the Note 2 or the Iconia A500.

iPhone 4s

Here is where it gets tricky. The iPhone 4s we tested is my little sister’s. It travels with her to school, and countless other places. That being said, I installed a Zagg Screen Shield on her phone, with a glossy finish. I was curious as to how the Screenster would work here. As I predicted, the cleaner worked really well. It seems to take more dirt off this screen than the rest, leading me to believe the Screen Shield attracts more dirt than just having a blank screen. Polishing it had no real effect on it at all after it was cleaned. If I just used one side however, whether the cleaning or polishing side, it had about the same effect. You can’t make something that’s glossy much shinier it seems, but it still gets cleaner, and looks as good as when the screen protector was installed.

Final Thoughts

We tested the screenster for quite a bit, making sure we got real results from our review period. After all this time, and all this testing, the Screenster held up really well. There are no visible tears, and it cleans as well as it did on day one. The Screenster is one of the most unique screen cleaning solutions we’ve ever tested. It now has a permanent place in my home in a central area, where it’s hung using the lanyard on the top of the Screenster. Toddy Gear has similar solutions in smaller form, including the Wedge, which acts like a stand, and has the two sides like the Screenster to clean and polish. Check them out atToddy Gear’s website. We hope to get the chance to review more of Toddy Gear’s stuff in the future. For now, the Screenster will stay at home, to fulfill the family’s screen care needs, or travel with my sister when she goes far.

06.24.2013

 

Toddy Gear, creator of the Toddy Smart Cloth and the Wedge™, is pleased to unveil its newest promotional tool. ThePocket Toddy is a customizable microfiber cleaning cloth that folds into an attached pocket for travel-sized storage and multi-functional cleaning. It combines full-color printing and premium microfiber to create the perfect tech accessory to clean screens and showcase brands. The 5×7 size makes it great at cleaning a variety of items including mobile devices, glasses, and camera lenses. The Pocket Toddy can even be attached to your keychain, backpack, or purse with the elastic tab, turning it into a convenient addition to any trip. The Pocket Toddy can be fully customized to customers’ specifications, with two imprint locations so the logo or text is completely visible when the cloth is folded and unfolded. Toddy Gear’s in-house design team works closely with clients to create eye-catching designs that satisfy even the strictest brand standards. With a production time of three weeks and weighing in a just one ounce, the Pocket Toddy is perfect for events, mailings, and other marketing needs. Additionally, the ability to attach the Pocket Toddy to bags and backpacks helps ensure brand exposure beyond the initial audience. “We are constantly looking to develop relevant tech accessories for those that demand unique marketing tools that people want to use,” said Toddy Gear founder, Todd Gabel. “The Pocket Toddy is not only a special product offering compared to most options in the promotional products space, but it’s also incredibly convenient and offers a unique means of showing off your brand when users clip it onto their bags. We are excited to introduce this new solution to the Toddy family, which we feel is an evolution in the promotional accessory industry.”

06.13.2013

 

Do you have computer screens , TV screens, cameras etc., in your house?If so I have the perfect cleaning item for you! TODDY GEAR MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS!  These clothes can be used to clean anything from your IPHONE to your computer screens. They are made out of 100% premium microfiber which is effective for the removal of dirt, grime, fingerprints, smudges and all of that other gross stuff that appears on your screens!

Toddy Gear sent us a couple to try out on our electronics! I gave one to the husband and kept one for myself! We have used these clothes like crazy. In our household we each have nooks, computers, tvs, phones etc so there are plenty of items that need to be cleaned.  The Toddy’s come in a plastic see thru zipper pouch for storage which I think is nice and a great way to keep them handy! The Toddy Clothes come in several fun colorful prints! They have styles for both men and women! Styles that even kids would love!

I will have to say these Toddy Cloths do a amazing job! I absolutely love mine and my husband has been pretty impressed with his as well! Now we don’t have to spend extra money on cleaners that are not needed!  The Toddy Gear Cloths are 5×7 and run $14.95* which I feel is pretty affordable considering you don’t have to purchase a bunch of cleaners for your electronics!  Living in the electronic world we live in today everyone needs a Toddy Cloth!

*Correction: Toddy Gear 5x7 Smart Cloths are only $9.99!

06.13.2013

"Practical, fashionable and small;  I love it!"

06.13.2013

 

"These designer microfiber cloths are meant to tackle dirt, dust and smudges from iPhonesiPads, iPods, Android devices, tablets, even eyeglasses or camera lenses. Plus they have an antimicrobial coating and are machine washable if you’re a germophobe."

06.13.2013

 

"For a small price of $9.99 you can give the gift of cleanliness to a dear friend, or give yourself a clearer view of the world without lasik eye surgery."

06.13.2013

 

"Not only does she do a great job cleaning, she’s also small enough to keep in one of my desk cubbies so she’s not taking up room on my desk. She can also fit easily enough in a laptop bag or purse to take her on the go with you."

06.13.2013

 

"The Toddy Wedge feels like a mini bean bag that you can use at home or on the go with the kids. This stand allows you to watch a movie or Skype with family members and is totally hands free."

06.13.2013

Gadget Greg reviews the Screensters on his YouTube channel.

06.13.2013

 

Having trouble keeping the touch screen on your iPhone, iPad or any touch screen device clean and free from smudges and fingerprints? If you do, wouldn’t it be nice if someone, perhaps a friend, could keep them clean for you? Well a smudge free screen is possible, with a new little creation, the Screenster by Toddy Gear.

06.13.2013

What are the gadgets, devices and tech toys that John P uses every day? 

 
06.13.2013

"Toddy Gear's thicker microfiber cloth will gently grab dust particles and gunk off your lenses and screens. Brightly-colored and fashionably designed, Toddy cloths won't easily disappear into the crevices of the dryer."

05.14.2013

 

*At the time of this publication, all Toddy Gear products were Made in America, however, since then we have introduced Screensters, a product only made in China. As the market for Screensters grows, we hope to bring production to the US as well. 

While Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to relocate manufacturing of some of the company’s computers to the US, and President Obama was giving his thumbs up for that move, another company that is known for making stylish microfiber cleaning cloths soft touch “Wedges” as mobile device stands which also serve as screen cleaning pads, announced that it has already completed such a move.

What is notable about the move is that Toddy’s products are clearly within the textile realm of industry, making microfiber cloths, and wedge shaped pillows for mounting and cleaning your mobile device or screens.  Textiles are a sector that have by-and-large been extinct in the United States on a commercial scale for a number of years. For a lot of companies, it was a do or die decision, especially over the past 20 years. The low cost of doing business in China and other developing economiesmade it an easy and necessary business decision for manufacturing goods and keeping the doors open for customers.

As many of us in the west have discovered though, China is not known for always making the highest quality stuff. Despite some of the higher quality electronic componentsthat are subject to thorough quality control standards, any one of us can recall some other trinket that exuded less than stellar build quality (more colorful language comes to mind, but that is not our style).We will not go so far as to say this is a sign of industry finding new footing in US based manufacturing, Toddy Gear is a fraction of the size of Apple, and Apple’sinvestment in US manufacturing is a proportionally small $100 million. However, the fact that a smaller business found it more favorable to draw back from overseas manufacturing and spin up manufacturing in the United States, in the regulation-heavy state of Illinois is indeed telling. It just may be the beginning of seeing some accessories that say, “Made in the USA.”

05.14.2013

 

Do you want to get your teens and tweens to wipe and clean their laptop, cell phone and tablet screens more often? Check out Toddy screen cleaners. They also have beautiful cloths for you or your older teens and cute little wedge stands.

05.14.2013

 

I have had the chance to work with Toddy Gear in the past, and one of the items I previously reviewed was the Toddy Screenster which was announced at CES earlier this year and is now available for sale on the Toddy Gear website!

These are cute characters which have a material good for cleaning smartphone or tablet screens on the back side, and a material good for polishing on the front.  They have a loop on them so you could easily attach them to a key chain or laptop bag, and they are small enough to slip inside your purse.  These are now available for purchase for $9.99 at Toddy Gear.

They recently sent me The Wedge for review.  I have been really wanting to try one of these out for awhile now, so I was excited for the chance to review one.  The Wedge is also made out of cleaning and polishing materials, but it doubles as a stand for your phone, iPad, or tablet.

I can use the Wedge to prop my iPad or iPhone up in my lap, and if needed, use it to clean the screen as well.  As you can see, you can also use it as a stand on a table or nightstand.  I have used it on my nightstand while watching movies in bed at night, and also use it in my lap to keep it at a better angle in my lap instead of having to hold it.  I have carpal tunnel and holding my iPad for the full length of a movie can easily make my hand go to sleep.  Most of my cases do not have a good position on their stands to prop it in my lap, or the stand just will not work in my lap.  The Wedge is perfect since it has a bean-type of filling so it can mold to the shape of my leg while holding up my iPad.  I don’t know what I ever did without The Wedge!

The materials it is made of for cleaning work great!  I have even used it on my laptop screen, which if you own a laptop you know just how dirty a laptop screen can get!  It cleans it up great, as well as removes all fingerprints and smudges on my phone and iPad.

You can buy The Wedge at Toddy Gear for $14.99.

05.13.2013

100% microfiber, character-inspired line of cleaning dolls bring a hint of flair and personality to your mobile devices. • Dual-sided, scratch-free design with a plush side that absorbs dust and oils, and a silky side that polishes any screen or lens • Fashionable companion for your smart phone, MP3 player, e-reader, tablet, gaming device, and other sensitive electronics • Available in 10 collectible choices inspired by characters you encounter in everyday life • Intelligently designed to fit comfortably in your pocket or attach to your bag/backpack • Ideal for children and adults alike

Price: $9.99

05.13.2013

 

Keeping your devices clean has never been more fun!

Toddy Gear has just created a cute new way to keep all of your electronic devices super fresh! These little buddies are called Screensters and come in ten collectable characters ranging anywhere from the fashionable "Sylista" to the vide -game fanatic "Gameawn." Being only four inches long, they're perfect for attaching to your backpack or hanging in your locker.

Screensters are double sided. One side made of microfiber that is perfect for cleaning away any dirt and oil, while the other side is made from a silky soft fabric that is great for polishing your devices.

Make sure to pick up a Screenster for yourself! They are available for $9.99 at Toddy Gear,AmazonBooks-A-Million and other select retailers!

05.13.2013

 

The Toddy Gear Wedge has become a staple on my desk at work. This fantastic “bean bag” mobile device stand is suitable for smart phones, tablets, cameras, GPS, E-Readers and even reading/sun glasses without removing the case.

Toddy Gear as a company kicked off their business in 2010 with the Toddy Smart Cloth. Their goal: to clean screens and do it with fashion. Made of 100% microfiber, the cloth is perfect for wiping away smudges and fingerprints. Since then, product lines have expanded to the Wedges, Screensters and various sizes of cloths.

The Dual Sided Wedge has a plush side to clean the device and a silky side to polish the screen. I have the fun Zim Zim flowery pattern, but there are so many to choose from! No more need for harmful sprays and liquid based products that can potentially ruin your device. The wedge also has an antimicrobial coating which prevents mold and mildew. It is naturally hydrophilic, absorbing harmful oils, dust and smudges (a mom’s dream!).

With so many patterns and colors to choose from you can find the perfect wedge to fit your personality. They retail for $14.99 and can be found at www.toddygear.com

05.13.2013

 

Back in 2011, I reviewed the Toddy Cloth, a beautifully patterned, machine-washable microfiber cloth for cleaning your device’s screens. I raved about how its textured side whisked oily fingerprints off my grubby iPhone, and the silky side polished it up with just a few swipes. My only complaint was that it should be $10 instead of $15...and the company actually listened and dropped the price to $10. (You’re welcome.) 

Now, Toddy is back with the Wedge, a happy little beanbag that sits on your desk, with a little shelf to perch your iPhone or iPod touch. You can prop your device in portrait orientation, but landscape seems a little more natural. The beanbag’s cover is made of the same materials as the Toddy cloth: a plush microfiber panel, and silky material on the other three sides to keep things polished. And you will. With the Wedge sitting on my desk, I find myself absentmindedly wiping down my iPhone several times a day—and my Mac’s screen, and my Cinema Display, and my keyboard, and anything else I can reach.

The bottom line. The Wedge makes your iPhone less gross, and gives it a fun place to sit. What’s not to love?

05.13.2013

 

Smartphones and tablets make the day-to-day a lot easier for us and our busy lives, but it’s hard to keep the screens of these devices clean from fingerprints and smudges. 

Toddy Gear’s Toddy Wedge is a triangle-shaped cloth that can hold and clean your mobile device. A small piece of cloth forms a base that can prop up your phone in landscape or portrait mode.

The microfiber bottom is perfect for cleaning the screen of a smartphone, tablet or computer, and the small size and shape of the Wedge makes it easy to wipe down the surface.

Purchasing a Wedge directly from Toddy Gear opens up a world of customization possibilities. There are more than a dozen different options to choose from, including a houndstooth model for Crimson Tide fans.

The product works great when sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Simply prop your phone up next to the monitor using the Toddy Wedge, and you’ll be able to easily notice any incoming messages or notifications.

Any smartphone or tablet owner should have at least one microfiber cleaning cloth, and the Toddy Wedge is easy to recommend. The added value of a visually pleasing phone prop only sweetens the deal.

Toddy Gear is also releasing the Pocket Toddy, a small microfiber cloth that fits into a bag for on-the-go cleaning. The pocket can then be clipped to a keychain, backpack or any other travel bag. 

Businesses can choose to create promotional Toddy Pockets with logos for a special bulk price.

Toddy Wedge is available at www.toddygear.com.

05.13.2013

The new $10 Screensters are plush toys that double as microfiber screen cleaners for your iPhone and iPad. The company offers 10 different character choices—think of each Screenster as a doll that will soon be covered in dirt, dead skin, and fingerprint oils!

[Editor’s note: We’ve had a chance to test a Screenster, and despite our skepticism based on the product’s appearance, it was surprisingly good at cleaning iOS screens with minimal effort.]

p://www.macworld.com/article/2036100/the-week-in-ios-accessories-crank-it-up

05.13.2013

To keep their tablet screen clean and free of dust - while adding flair and personality - Toddy Gear has a fun new item called Screensters ($9.99). These cool little characters, in 10 colors and with names like Gameawn, Shredster and Glitzanna, are actually 100 percent microfiber, scratch-free "cleaning dolls." One side of the figure is plush to absorb dust and oils; the other side is silky to polish any screen or lens.

Screensters work their cleaning magic on tablets, smart phones, MP3 players, e-readers and gaming devices and have a loop so kids can attach them to a backpack or belt - or just stuff in their pocket.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/05/07/2893749/travel-goods-gadgets-gear-on-the.html#storylink=cpy

 

05.13.2013

 

Toddy Gear Screensters

Yes,your grad has out grown dolls -- but she'll want to carry one of these cuties on her key chain to keep her smartphone, tablet or iPod fingerprint-free. The Screenster's microfiber back wipes away residue, and the silky face side polishes screens to a shine.Toddygear.com, $10

05.09.2013

by Mary Ann Neder

Toddy Gear, creator of the innovative Toddy Smart Cloth, which made a splash last year, is proud to debut its latest creation. The patented Toddy Wedge is a multi-faceted accessory for a plethora of electronics, home items, GPS’, and mobile products. It impresses in its ability to both clean and hold your phone in place, making it a convenient and functional tech accessory.

Toddy Wedge is the perfect shape for your phone to rest against, providing an optimal viewing solution for your device, even if fitted with a case. It also delivers impeccable cleaning capabilities with the revolutionary, dual-sided microfiber finishes, which feature an antimicrobial coating to also protect the wedge from grime.

You can easily keep your electronics dirt and smudge-free by cleaning them with the bottom portion of the Toddy Wedge, which is crafted with microfiber plush. The top portion of the Wedge, constructed with microfiber silk, can be used to polish touchscreen devices, gaming accessories, household items, and more. Each Wedge is handcrafted in a variety of vibrant colors and designs that will be sure to please any one.

“Instead of always reaching for a cloth in your pocket or drawer to clean devices, we revamped the design and created a product that can also serve as a solution to keep your phone in place,” said Todd Gabel, founder and president, Toddy Gear. “The shape of the Wedge offers more convenience and style to our loyal customers whether they use it during travel, while out to eat, or while watching movies on their phones. The options are endless.”

Toddy Wedge is now available at www.toddygear.com for $14.99 and will be available onwww.amazon.com mid-September.

Companies also have the ability to customize the Toddy Wedge with their own logo or tagline in order to deliver a powerful promotional tool.

05.09.2013

Didn't get what you wanted for Valentine's Day? Don't worry, Kristen Bean shows us some of the fun tech gifts we might have missed out on!

 

05.09.2013

 

If you are like me, you have lens cloths lying around everywhere. I know I have them in my camera bag, laptop bag, backpacks and in my eye-glass case.  I can’t seem to have enough of them.   Having them at my disposal meant that I could clean any and all of my electronics (BlackBerry, iPod, iPhone, PlayBook; Laptop and even my T.V.)

One of my biggest complaints of a regular lens cloths that I had with me  was that they constantly left behind streaks, smudges and grime every time that I used them on my products.  I would not want to wash them due to the fact that they would lose their luster and eventually shrivel.  They would look all wrinkly when I pulled them out  when they were away (not that professional looking in my opinion.)

This is where Toddy Gear Smart Cloths come into play. They are the sleek, stylish and professional looking Smart Cloth that you would be proud to own and have with you. These great cloths  are 100% microfiber, as well as coated with an antimicrobial defense to them. to help stop the growth and build up of mold and mildew.  One of the other great features of this product is that they are naturally hydrophilic.  What is that you might ask…that means it absorbs oils, dust and smudges without needing to use a liquid cleaner of any such sort.    With all the touch screen devices on the market and people passing them around as well as using them, this product is great to use to get rid of and help stop the spreading of germs and bacteria .

Toddy Gear Smart Cloths are for everyone. They are for the kids, to the trend setters, all the way up to the professionals.   There are so many designs to choose from.   There is a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from as well.  They come in 2 different sizes.  There is a 5×7 and a 9×9 cloth.  They are reasonably priced as well. Ranging from $9.99 for the 5×7′s to $14.99 for the 9×9′s.  You will need to check on the web through Toddy’s website and/or your local dealer that might be selling in your area to confirm pricing and/or current promotions.

Listed below are some of the features and benefits of using the Toddy Gear Smart Cloth directly from the company’s website.

Dual-sided cleaning Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and a distinctively patterned silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish. Distinctive Patterns A variety of vibrant designs and patterns to choose from, adding personality, color and style to your life.
Antimicrobial Coating Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology, an antimicrobial coating that prevents the spread of germs and bacteria. Reusable and Environmentally Friendly Washable, stain and wrinkle resistant, just machine wash cold and tumble dry low.
Naturally Hydrophilic Absorbs oils, dust and smudges without the need of any messy, damaging sprays. Brand your Toddy Now you can imprint your Toddy Smart Cloth with your own brand identity, visit brandyourtoddy.com for more information.

So as you can see there are a lot of great features of this cloth that the other manufactures do not offer. This is cloth that I will be using and buying all the time. Everyone that I see, I will be recommending the use of a Toddy Gear Smart Cloth.

The company does have a new product on the market now and it is the “Toddy Wedge” It has the same great benefits as the smart cloth, but now a place to prop your smart device instead of having it lay on a surface. I will be doing a review of that product once I receive it from Toddy Gear.

 

05.09.2013

*Disclaimer: We are currently producing our newest product, Screensters, in China but hope to move that stateside soon!

Today Toddy Gear, a manufacturer of cleaning cloths and tablet stands, announced that not only were they moving manufacturing back to the US from China – but they had already done so! Personally, I think this is a fantastic business decision, and one that we’ll see many smart executives making going forward.

The World Has Fundamentally Changed… Again

In decades past the US economy was growing rapidly, unemployment was extremely low, and costs of production were high (property cost, employee cost, infrastructure cost); while many nations were extremely under-developed with massive unemployment and a highly educated workforce. It made a lot of sense to offshore manufacturing, and we saw an extreme shift towards such practices.

In fact, those companies who didn’t make the move didn’t survive. But the world is a very different place today.

China, once envied for its low cost production capacity, is now exporting as much or more than the US. They’ve become a global powerhouse, and as a result are less dependent on US capital for sustained growth. There is far less competition for US business than in the past, making it more difficult for small businesses to find reliable partners.

The Grass is Definitely Not Greener

We’ve seen many, many tech startups rely on manufacturing in China only to experience a litany of headaches including missed delivery dates, poor workmanship, failure to meet specifications, and basically a requirement of having constant micromanagement in order to attempt to minimize risk and ensure project completion.

These are not characteristics found with US based workforces. And I’m glad to see that Toddy Gear recognizes the benefits to local production far outweigh the costs, including – as they alluded to in the press release – the protection of their own intellectual property.

The Full Press Release

Toddy Gear Brings Manufacturing to United States

Stylish, microfiber tech accessory developer began relocating 100% of its manufacturing to Chicago on February 1, 2013

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2013) – Toddy Gear, creator of the Toddy Smart Cloth and the Wedge, is pleased to reveal U.S. manufacturing plans for 2013. Starting February 1st, the company transferred all manufacturing of its products from China to the U.S, specifically Chicago, where Toddy Gear is based. As a result, Toddy Gear will provide better speed to market for products and deliver improved product quality. Toddy Gear’s revamp in manufacturing has already created more U.S. jobs and is forecasted to grow even further given the market demand for flexibility.

“We are a socially responsible company who strives to deliver impeccable products to our customers by promoting and influencing best business practices,” said Toddy Gear founder, Todd Gabel. “Our plans to solely manufacture in the United States will protect our intellectual property, while allowing us to keep our products unique, and focus our resources on quality, adaptability and controlling costs.”

Toddy Gear is a trend-setting consumer brand that boasts a unique line of tech accessories such as the Toddy Cloth and the Toddy Wedge. Each is a microfiber cleaning solution that polishes the surface of your iPhone, iPad, Android, TV, gaming device, glasses or camera. The products deliver premium quality in keeping gadgets clean and are made to fit comfortably in your pocket or backpack.

Toddy Gear: Toddy Wedge
Hand-crafted stylish and essential companion for your electronics both cleans and holds your mobile device
• Multi-faceted design cleans touch screen devices while propping them up on your desk, at home or on the go
• Bottom exterior crafted with plush microfiber material to offer scratch-free cleaning without the need of harmful fluids
• Exterior engineered with silky microfiber that leaves your surfaces with that fresh “out of box” clean look
• Available in a plethora of different colors and designs to match anyone’s preference
• Optional customization feature for businesses – print your favorite team’s logo, office logo, or quotes for a one-of-a-kind Wedge to promote brands

Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth
Carefully handcrafted microfiber cloth provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for your iDevices, screens, lenses and more, features an antimicrobial coating, and is offered in a plethora of fashionable designs

• Functional and fashionable toddy cloth built for cleaning extremely sensitive surfaces including iPhone, iPad, TV’s, glasses, cameras, etc.
• Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a durable, environmentally friendly way to instantly wipe away dirt and smudges
• Dual-sided cleaning: Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and a distinctively patterned silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish
• No messy/damaging sprays or fluids necessary
• “Brand your Toddy” now available to businesses, imprint your Toddy smart cloth with your own design or logo, ideal for promoting your brand

Contact PR Representative Kristen Bean at 305-374-4404 x123 or kristenbean@maxborgesagency.com for additional information on Toddy Gear, its latest manufacturing plan for 2013 and its innovative products, the Toddy Smart Cloth and Wedge. www.toddygear.com

About Toddy Gear
Toddy Gear is an innovative and fashionable tech accessory brand dedicated to cleaning your screen and coloring your world. The company is the manufacturer of Toddy Cloth, the Toddy Wedge, and the new Screensters, three microfiber cleaning solutions with antimicrobial protection that deliver smart and stylish ways to clean and polish todays high-resolution touchscreens and high-tech gear. The Toddy innovations are the brainchildren of Todd Gabel, a twenty-year entrepreneurial veteran that has successfully built and sold several technology companies. The Toddy Gear products are available worldwide through ToddyGear.com, Amazon.com and retailers like Target, Radio Shack and Staples.

 
10.03.2011

I scoff at cleaning things. I don’t use things to clean my sunglasses. I lose most of them and pay them no attention. Keeping that in mind, I know exactly where my Toddy Cloths are.

10.03.2011

In the day to day usage of your iPad, iPhone, or Mac, the screen and case tend to pick up a lot of crud. Whether it's streaks on the screen from food-covered fingers or spray marks from that unexpected sneeze, you need something good to clean your Apple devices from everyday grime. For me, the solution has been a Toddy Smart Cloth.

09.08.2011

★★★★☆

09.08.2011

Function, fun and fashion are built into The Toddy. A smart cloth designed with a durable, plush microfiber cloth on one side and a distinctively patterned silk microfiber on the other. Both sides are carefully crafted for effective, scratch-free cleaning on extremely sensitive surfaces making it the ideal iPhone or iPad fashion accessory.

09.08.2011

The rational side of ourselves knows an item like an iPad screen cleaner is basically a functional item, one that is designed to fulfill a specific purpose. Then, once it has done its job, it can be stowed back into its hidey hole. It does not have to be pretty, but when it is, that can become the deciding factor on which one to buy and which one stays on the shelf.

09.08.2011

Even if it’s not about the germs, your devices deserve to shine unfiltered from any dirt or grime that’s accumulated on those glass displays. Today I’m looking at one amazing little cloth that’ll wipe away the sludge better than any towel or necktie I’ve ever used.

09.08.2011

It came clean, looks great and the price of the Toddy Cloth is very reasonable.

09.08.2011

This Weekend we are giving away the Toddy Smart Cloth!

09.08.2011

Pros: The Toddy cloth instantly removes dirt, smudges and harmful grime. It’s also washable and it works well after reuse.

Cons: None.

09.08.2011

We love using electronic devices but think about where your fingers have been. Each time you touch your iPad, iPhone or laptop, you're leaving behind dirty fingerprints and grime. Now there is a cool new product to clean these devices in style - and we just could not get enough of it! It's called the Toddy Cloth, and it's a fashionable, microfiber cloth that allows you to clean any screen without worrying about scratching it! I'ts much better than using your shirt sleeve or a tissue. And of course it is environmentally friendly since you can wash it and use it over and over.

09.08.2011

The Toddy Smart Cloth is a excellent example of a screen cloth for all your iDevices.

09.08.2011

If you’re like me and you’ve used pretty much everything to clean your laptop, blackberry, and sunglasses, such as an old but clean t-shirt, dry hand wipes, and even a towel, but your gadgets don’t seem clean enough or there’s residue, then you have to try Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth.

05.31.2011

You'll feel lost without your Toddy.

05.31.2011

You can reuse your Toddy Cloth for months, and you won't mind keeping it around. Toddy Cloths look great in four different collections with 42 print and pattern options, and ToddyGear offers a "brand your Toddy" option to personalize a Toddy Cloth with your own logo.

05.30.2011

We’re giving away a Toddy Cloth!

05.04.2011

Toddy Smart Cloths are double-sided microfiber cloths designed to clean, buff and polish those electronic gadgets. The microfiber removes all the smudges and dirt without the need for water and the cloths have an antimicrobial coating, protecting against future germs.

04.23.2011

Tired of peering through smudges? If you're staring at a dirty screen, you'll need to take care before you clean. One gentle option is the Toddy smart cloth. Available in more than 30 whimsical designs, the cloth has been designed to safely remove dirt and smudges from sensitive surfaces on phones, laptops, TVs, glasses and cameras.

04.06.2011

Update your favorite hi-tech gadgets with smart, stylish accessories. Functional, yet fashionable, the latest tech accessories make life easier and a lot more fun! Jessica Foust, with Top TenREVIEWS, shows off smart, stylish tech accessories you can't live without

03.28.2011

That shiny touch screen device you have is great until you can't read an e-mail on it because it's so covered in fingerprints and smudges. Instead of scratching the surface by cleaning it with whatever's handy (we're betting 99% of the time that's your shirt or a tissue), keep a Toddy Gear Smart Cloth ($15) in your purse and use it to clean and polish your screen back to shiny newness. It'll be so much nicer to show off pics of the cute guy you met last night when his killer smile is actually visible.

03.16.2011

I’m happy to say, I’ve found something that doesn’t require any pressure, [and] cleans incredibly well… The Toddy is a trendy cloth too! Boring black is out. Designs range from trendy and funky to sophisticated and classy… Every man and woman will find something they will be proud to carry around with them to clean their touch screen….They work better than anything I’ve ever tried before.

02.28.2011

The "aha" moment: After passing around his iPad during a conference last April, Chicago entrepreneur Todd Gabel… noticed the gadget's screen was covered in fingerprints. That night, he searched for touchscreen cleaning cloths online, but they were all drab. He decided to create his own stylish solution. He dubbed his creation the Toddy.

02.20.2011

Compatible with screens of such popular electronic devices as the iPad and the iPhone, The Toddy manages to wipe away dirt and smudges without liquid spray with the utilization of the company's patented AEGIS Microbe Shield technology.

02.20.2011

The Toddy is universally regarded as a must-have fashion accessory for any touch-screen device owner. The smart cloth features plush microfiber on one side and uniquely patterned silk microfiber on the other side, providing consumers with a scratch-free cleaning product that wipes away fingerprints.

02.17.2011

Childrens' hands grabbing for your Iphone or Blackberry? Happens all the time here, kids know how it works, even better than we do...and after they used it the screen looks awful. You can easily clean the screens with these cloths. Besides, they look nice, so it's fun to leave them laying around the house.

02.16.2011

The fingerprints on the iphone disappeared like magic. I used the microfiber side to wipe and the design side to polish. My device's look brand new. We spend alot of money on our devices, why not invest in something to protect them and clean them. The benefits of this product is, that they wipe away germs, that sometimes can remain on a device for a day to a month. And just think of all the germs we may spread to our loved one's if we are sharing these devices.

02.14.2011

Actually it works surprisingly well. I have an Android smart phone, and it's always got smears on it. I'm constantly trying pretty much any "cleaning" cloth on it I can get my hands on. This one is probably the best I've ever used. I was pleasantly surprised that it got every spec of oil and dirt off the screen, no liquid of any kind necessary.

02.13.2011

The silk side comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, so not only do you get a cloth that actually cleans your gadgets beautifully, you get something stylish to whip out of your bag or pocket to do it with.

02.11.2011

It's an accessory I try to keep nearby whenever I'm using such a screen because they pick up fingerprints better than a police detective. I can see this being a growth industry for Toddy. If you're a germophobe with ultra clean fingertips who isn't convinced of the Toddy's value, the "Toddypedia" that is their press kit also claims that germs can live on touch screen devices for anywhere from a day to a month, so you'd better get one if you want to stay alive!

02.11.2011

I'm tempted to sing its praises from the rooftops. The Toddy is one of those "better mousetrap" ideas that come along once in a while – a product so simple yet useful you wonder why it took so long for them to make it. The result, beyond being an excellent tool, is a cute-looking rag whose soft side comes complete with a lighthearted design.

02.11.2011

Actually, it works surprisingly well... probably the best I've ever used. I was pleasantly surprised that it got every spec of oil and dirt off the screen, no liquid of any kind necessary. My screen looks better than it has since I bought he phone six months ago.

02.10.2011

This is a stylish product that looks cool…and it actually cleaned it. We've seen all kinds of solutions here. We had someone earlier that had a product that cleans screens and, believe me, it's something you do at home.

02.10.2011

I can definitely tell you I have some micro-fiber cloths, which are like black and gray and stuff, but you take something like this, you'll be noticed.

02.10.2011

There's different dressing styles. For a business guy, it goes right there in that upper pocket, and it's perfect. So it doubles. There's stuff for the ladies too, and they look nice.

02.09.2011

Toddy Gear Microfiber cloths with a '70?s style and modern feel…one of the gems I think is worth including in a bag. My 2nd Gen Touch to this day has not a single scratch thanks to micro-fiber cloths. If I had my way, every Touch Screen device we give out would come with a Toddy Cloth! I'm even giving away 5 of them off my own Twitter account once I reach 300 followers!

02.08.2011

We spend so much of our day peering at screens -- smartphones, tablets, e-readers and TVs -- isn't it time we see that world more clearly? The Toddy smart cloth is a safe, stylish way to take the oily fingerprints, smudges and smears off your screens and lenses, without harsh liquid cleansers. It's double-sided, with a plush microfiber side for cleaning and buffing, and a silk microfiber side for polishing.

02.07.2011

The Toddy makes it possible for us to keep our Touchscreens clean and free of germs in style. I think that some look good enough to wear as a suit-pocket hankie. You won't mind if your Toddy peaks out of your bag. The Toddy Gear microfiber cloths are truly different from any microfiber cloths you have seen before. I was amazed at how quickly a smudged finger-print covered iPad could be cleaned. Now I search for shiny surfaces to clean with my Toddy Gear. My iPhone, iPad, laptop and television have never looked better with less effort than ever before.

02.02.2011

Touchscreens are great for our devices though because they give you great screen resolution and the best displays but if only there was a way to easily keep the stripper glitter off your phone. Toddy Gear's Moneymaker may be your best option. Available in either a 5"x7" or 9"x9" size, this cloth is essential for any wannabe billionaire.

01.30.2011

A good microfiber cloth should always be handy for a quick wipe 'n clean, and there's no reason the cloth itself shouldn't be nicely designed itself. Cue in Toddy Smart Cloths…We're especially partial to the Haute Toddy series with its gentlemanly designs, and love the two different cleaning sides. Works like a charm and looks charming while cleaning.

01.30.2011

I've been using this adorable silk and microfiber cloth by Toddy Gear to clean my computer screen, and I've become quite fond of its cuteness. Each cloth has a fun and distinctive pattern, and for less than $15 I think these make for a great gift.

01.12.2011

One of the first things we do after we wake, before leaving the bed, is to clean the screen on our iPad and iPhone. Yes, it sounds a bit much, but it makes a nice difference to the start of our day and only takes a few seconds. This little task is made even easier with our new iPad companion, the Toddy, a two sided brightly colored cleaning cloth.

12.27.2010

I love the bright colors and fun patterns available for the Toddy cloth. It's small enough to carry with you and versatile enough to use on a variety of devices... If you're looking for a great cloth that's also very stylish, the Toddy Smart Cloth is the one for you.

12.27.2010

With two distinct sides, the Toddy Cloth is both stylish and functional. It has a solid color, plush microfiber cloth on one side to help you buff and clean and a coordinating silk microfiber on the other for polishing.

12.27.2010

I used my Toddy cloth sample to clean all the iPads, iPhones and iPods in my house and it worked like a charm. It also worked great on my sunglasses, TV screen and laptop leaving everything smudge and fingerprint free. Cleaning my cloth was just as easy as cleaning the devices, I simply threw it in the washer and dryer and it was ready to go for the next time around.

12.18.2010

Popular high-tech gift items for this holiday season. Included: a solar charger for your all your gadgets, a kickstand and cleaning cloth for your iPod, a USB 3.0 hard drive, and a high-tech pen for students.

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12.16.2010

What allows you to safely clean touch screens on phones and other devices? The Toddy ($14.95) does. It's a double-sided, microfiber cleaning cloth with an antimicrobial coating. They're handcrafted and come in fun colors.

12.15.2010

What allows you to safely clean touch screens on phones and other devices? The Toddy ($14.95) does. It's a double-sided, microfiber cleaning cloth with an antimicrobial coating. They're handcrafted and come in fun colors.

12.09.2010

Hard drives and cases and ones for your iPod touch, Toddy Smart Cloths and Joby Gorilla pods, Dexim P-flip docks and solared powered ones, too, These are a few of our favorite things...

12.08.2010

Entrepreneur Todd Gabel's eighth-grade teacher had told his mom, "Don't waste your money sending this kid to college." Teacher might have been right. Lured by the money he earned in corporate computer sales, Gabel dropped out of college and started his first company while only in his mid-20s. Gabel, now 44, runs Toddy Gear, which has created the Toddy, a stylish microfiber cloth sold nationwide that's designed to rid the screens of iPads, iPhones and Droids of fingerprint smudges.A four-time entrepreneur, Gabel has used the lessons learned from each experience to help grow his next venture. Here are his four tips for students looking to start their first business.

12.07.2010

...these colorful microfiber cloths from Chicago-based startup Toddy Gear are pretty snazzy. You don't have to use a spray with them, they have an antimicrobial coating, and they're washable.Toddy Gear founder and CEO Todd Gabel says he created The Toddy cloth as a fashion-smart yet functional accessory for Apple's iPad and the growing legion of touchscreen devices from Samsung and others. "It looks very elegant, almost like having a nice pen," he says..

11.25.2010

Todd points out that the average American family owns 24 electronic devices -that's a lot of dirty, grimy screens. In fact, according to Todd it has been shown that germs can live on touch screen devices anywhere from 1 day to 1 month. Keeping your devices clean has been a challenge until now.

11.25.2010

Almost everyone is migrating to devices such as the iPad, iTouch, Android phones and tablets, etc., that all use your fingers for input. I ran across a great product for cleaning those smudges and I was thinking it would make a great gift idea for the Holidays. A guy named Todd has come up with what is called a Toddy Smart Cloth.

11.23.2010

The Toddy smart cloth is double-sided handkerchief for your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, with plush microfiber on one side and a polishing silk microfiber pattern on the other. Both clean your devices extremely well, and work for things like motorcycle helmets, monitor screens, and dusty keyboards. Plus, they come in a selection of different patterns to suit your personality, and two different sizes.

11.19.2010

I don't normally plug accessories in a review, but I have to mention just how much I appreciate the cleaning ability of ToddyGear.com's touchscreen cleaning cloths. One was sent to me unsolicited, which is typically a no-no, but I found it to do a wonderful job cleaning the Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad.

11.17.2010

Ok, so not really a gadget, but this microfiber screen-cleaner is the refreshing lime to you iPad's margarita: an essential separate ingredient that adds flavor and appeal. The Toddy features customized graphics and an eco-friendly AEGI Microbe Shield. It is a spray-free way to eliminate dirt and smudges from any viewing surface, including touch screens, computers, glasses and TVs.

11.14.2010

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11.13.2010

Touch screen devices like the iPad and iPhone eventually get grimy, and nasty if you don't give them a good cleaning now and then. The Toddy microfiber smart-cloth was designed to help you keep your touch screen electronics smudge free, and features the AEGIS Microbe Shield to fight mold and mildew. The Toddy Smart Cloth is said to be the only dual-sided microfiber cloth out there with the "velvety soft plush" side and "brilliantly patterned silk" side providing scratch-free cleaning of touch screens as well as sensitive surfaces on most any electronics device, including hand held gaming systems, glasses, camera lenses and flat screen TVs.

11.10.2010

The inundation of touchscreen devices and smartphones in the market coupled with the fact that Americans, on an average, own at least 24 electronic devices, produces in its wake a lot of grimy, dirty, smudgy screens that need to be cleaned, buffed and polished. Todd Gabel, a 20-year entrepreneurial veteran that has successfully built and sold several technology companies, has come up with a smart cloth that doesn't seem to need the aid of liquids and pastes to clean grimy surfaces.

11.09.2010

Touch screen devices everywhere come clean today with the introduction of The Toddy, a fashionable, microfiber, smart-cloth designed to keep today's electronics smudge free. The Toddy smart cloth is the only dual-sided microfiber cloth that is a stylish way to clean and polish your favorite tech gear without liquids. The velvety soft plush side and brilliantly patterned silk side are carefully crafted for effective, scratch-free cleaning of extremely sensitive surfaces such as iPhones, iPads, Androids, hand held gaming systems, glasses, camera lenses and flat screen TVs.